Katie Mead is an experienced dispute resolution practitioner, with a global practice focused on the resolution of major construction and engineering disputes. She has significant experience acting for principals and contractors in preparation for arbitration and litigation proceedings and is recognized as one of Western Australia's leading construction lawyers by legal publications. Katie has successfully represented clients in relation to several of the largest project disputes in the Asia-Pacific region.
Katie acts for clients on high-value onshore and offshore construction projects throughout the world. Katie has worked on a range of projects involving mining, oil and gas, renewables, pipelines, processing plants, and marine construction. She has particular experience running complex international arbitrations and has conducted arbitrations seated in multiple jurisdictions. She also represents clients in Supreme Court and Federal Court litigation proceedings.
Katie also provides strategic project advice to a number of clients in the energy, resources, and infrastructure sectors. She has significant experience acting as project counsel, assisting clients in navigating issues throughout the course of a project to avoid formal dispute resolution proceedings wherever possible, and ultimately achieving successful project completion.
Katie is on the Partnership Committee for the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) and is an active member of multiple industry bodies, including the Society of Construction Law Australia (SoCLA), ArbitralWomen, Women in Oil and Gas, and Australian Lawyers for Human Rights.
Katie has provided pro bono assistance in many matters while at the Firm and is a member of the Jones Day Perth Pro Bono Committee.
- University of Melbourne (LL.M. with first class honours 2020; Corrs Chambers Westgarth Award for Remedies in the Construction Context 2020; Awarded the Frank Pinkerton Scholarship for Advanced Construction Law 2018); University of Western Australia (LL.B with distinction 2011; B.A. in English Literature 2011)
- Supreme Court of Western Australia; Federal Court of Australia; High Court of Australia
Doyle's Guide — Recognized as one of Western Australia's leading construction lawyers (2022) and as one of Australia's construction Rising Stars (2018-2021)
Tom Yuncken Australian Young Construction Lawyer Award (2021)
Lawyers Weekly "Australian Law Awards" — Senior Associate of the Year (2018)
Lawyers Weekly "Women Law Awards" — Finalist, Senior Associate of the Year (2018)